A man posed as a homeless boy who managed to enrol in school and dupe a woman into taking him in, police allege.
According to reports, a woman took in homeless teenager Awan Thomas and enrolled him at at Baldwin County High School in Milledgeville, Georgia.
But after he had an argument with his benefactor, a bizarre turn of events emerged, it’s reported.
“Awan” was Abay Holmes – a 21-year-old former high school football star with a series of prior convictions.
Police were called to the woman’s house on August 25 to deal with an “unruly juvenile.”
When Deputy Brandon Towe arrived at the scene he found Holmes and the woman arguing on the street.
Deputy Towe reported: “Awan (Holmes) stated that [the woman] was trying to take away his school laptop because he (had) disrespected her.”
He added that “Awan” told him that the woman was not his legal guardian.
“After several hours of investigation, I determined that Awan did not have a legal guardian in the State of Georgia,” Towe said.
Holmes had no previous connection with the woman he was staying with, and the motive for the bizarre alleged deception is unclear.
After he was fingerprinted Holmes’s real identity was revealed, it’s reported. A long and complicated trail of deception unravelled as investigators looked into his past.
As a teenager, Holmes was a star football player at a metro-Atlanta area high school. He went on to be scouted to join Georgia Military College’s football team.
But he was expelled from Georgia Military College before he got a chance to take the field and ended up spending a year on probation.
He told police a complex story of his life since then, little of which could be confirmed.
A name that Holmes gave for his mother also yielded no results. “The mother is listed as Tionna Jones on the application with a birthday of 1960, and I also was unable to find any results on (her),” Towe said.
The laptop that Holmes was issued by Baldwin County High School for virtual learning has since been returned to the school.